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Applesauce Muffins Recipe

These are such a popular item at the restaurant I own that I had it printed up on a card to share with guests.—Linda Williams, LaFayette, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, optional
  • Cinnamon-sugar, optional


  • 1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Stir in applesauce. Combine the flour, baking soda and spices; stir into creamed mixture. Fold in nuts.
  • 2. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar if desired. Yield: about 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 223 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 136mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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patty2222 User ID: 3169897 261671
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2017

"LOVE them!! this is my go to muffin recipe..... I have added craisins or a shredded apple.... possibilities are endless. I use my homemade applesauce and top it with homemade apple butter..."All-Day Apple Butter Recipe"..... thanks for sharing!!"

BoJe User ID: 4979494 254589
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2016

"Excellent recipe. I had cake flour on hand so I used that, but that was the only change. I did choose to sprinkle the tops with cinnamon sugar mixture, but doing this made them pretty sweet. I used sweetened applesauce and I wonder if I would prefer unsweetened next time or just eliminate the the cinnamon sugar mix on top. I cooked 20 minutes and the muffin came out really tender. I would make again. I did cut the recipe in half because there are only two of us here and I am going to try freezing a few to eat at a later time."

[email protected] User ID: 6501613 254521
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2016


I made a couple adjustments:
I made half the recipe and 42 mini muffins and I used half the sugar besides. I also used whole wheat flour, omitted the walnuts, and used nutmeg instead of allspice (I didn't have any allspice on hand)"

Cupcake_k9 User ID: 7172020 245602
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2016

"These were good and flavorful. Also easy to make. I think next time I will add something for a little more moisture. But overall,the recipe is a keeper"

Elmosdaddy User ID: 8625938 237676
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2015

"I was looking for a new fall desert recipe and came across this one. I made it immediately and my wife and I thought it was very good. I'll be making these again soon (with butter cream frosting)"

nannaboo User ID: 1460214 225144
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2015

"Excellent muffins - followed directions exactly but only made 1/2 the recipe as it is only my husband and me. Will definitely make again."

jeanemed User ID: 1512060 222875
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

"Good. I adjusted for altitude by taking out some of butter and sugar. Tasty!"

tatoggatmw User ID: 7518568 222340
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2015


tanyacoca User ID: 8274429 221583
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

"Made these and my mother in law loved them. Before baking, I added a bit of honey and coarse sugar on top. They were all gone in 2 days. Her 2 sons and i helped though."

tamarashayne User ID: 8227638 218709
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015

"These turned out delicious! My boyfriend and I enjoyed them right out of the oven for breakfast.

I made a few substitutions based on what I had:
- I ran just short of Apple sauce, so I topped up with maple syrup.
- used brown sugar instead of white.
- did not use cloves or walnuts based on preference.
- didn't have all spice so used pumpkin pie spice.
- sprinkled sugar/cinnamon on the top before baking plus some mini skor pieces just because
Next time I will try adding real Apple chunks in them as well, but didn't have on hand."

brooklyne User ID: 8160511 214985
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2014 Edited Dec. 16, 2014

"I just made these and they were amazing! Except I made a few substitutions based on a need to use some ingredients. Not sure if that made a difference since this recipe got such rave reviews. I used homemade mayo instead of butter because it needed to be eaten (I made too much the other day). I used turmeric and ginger instead of allspice. I also added raisins and substituted a cup of almond meal for the flour (I didn't have 4 cups of flour). They are the best muffins I've ever tasted ever ever. :)"

lisat43 User ID: 8078631 179
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

"These are very good! I added a dollop of honey on top of each muffin before I put them in the oven. Delicious!"

Lori4Christ User ID: 5507061 496
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"My whole family loved these muffins. I will be using this recipe over and over!!"

eufaulagal User ID: 6278074 96
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2014

"I thought these were yummy! I added one chopped Granny Smith apple but would add 2 chopped apples next time. I am not a great baker but didn't have any trouble with these"

jeanwill User ID: 7837032 407
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2014

"These turned out sooo good! I just added about half of the ground cloves....not as crazy about the clove taste in baking. And I added raisins...I DO like those! I might have preferred a little less sugar, but they are moist and really tasty!"

workerbies User ID: 7885168 48
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2014

"Just one suggestion - can you add size of muffins - minis, large, super larger? Then I know how much to make for my guests. Thank you!"

RC2014 User ID: 7810868 455
Reviewed May. 19, 2014

"Even my picky eater liked these!"

rwippel User ID: 4262008 198277
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"These are very good and very versitile. I served beef stew and applesauce muffins for dinner. Then, the next day, I served the muffins for breakfast with apple butter."

Muffingal User ID: 7514475 44
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"easy to make and moist - I also added raisins and used 1 cup brown sugar and 2/3 cup white sugar"

maylucky13 User ID: 7437054 289
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2013

"Very good! I just used 1 cup brown sugar and a half cup of white sugar."

momof4RN User ID: 2273778 93
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

"Yum! Whole family loved!!"

Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 74
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"Very good! They smell like Fall."

tinaelsey User ID: 2368247 814
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2013

"These muffins are good, but nothing special. I would probably make them again to serve them with a meal. They have a subtle flavor, which is nice."

amyleigh10 User ID: 7135021 406
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2013

"tender and delicious!"

Jewell67 User ID: 3434938 811
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"Yum yum this is the best recipe, I've made it with chunky applesauce also.

Don't change a thing on this recipe. I live alone and I make this recipe and give them away and everyone just loves them. I fill the muffin tens really full and usually get about 18 muffins"

Jewell67 User ID: 3434938 495
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2012

"These are the best muffins ever. Would not change anything. I added the cinnamon and sugar on top. Wonderful Wonderful. I filled the muffin tens full. Was great"

wendafrog User ID: 1972215 263
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"Nice flavor, but seemed rather heavy. Not fluffy as expected."

FrenchHollow User ID: 6538290 34
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2012

"These were very moist and fluffy. I used my home made apple butter so I cut the sugar in half. Since they are already so buttery, I served them with light cream cheese and cherry preserves."

lmdgiggle User ID: 3395820 200
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"Made a lot of muffins! Nice and light. Would have liked to have tasted more apple flavor."

2trees User ID: 6444688 405
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"wonderful recipe! I made half a batch and had to stop the kids from eating them all at once. It will replace my favorite muffin recipe."

selias User ID: 281817 64
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"Made these today,, as something for my grandchildren's breakfast before school.... love them... Next time I'll add raisins and no nuts..."

MichMajor User ID: 6203085 260
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"Sooooo good!! I made a half batch and used mini muffin pans so they were bite sized, within 10min of coming out of the over my 2 young boys ate a dozen of them! Someone below suggested less sugar which I also did and they were still nice and sweet! Super easy, perfect for breakfast or to send to school! Only mistake I made was not making a full batch! :)"

MrsMarine User ID: 6151405 72
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"My kids love these for breakfast or a quick snack. I keep a batch of these on hand all the time for those times when we're running for the kids and they need a quick snack."

cookingirl78 User ID: 2185950 258
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"I added a little buttermilk since batter seemed dry and they were a little heavy. But my family liked them. Next time I'll follow the recipe after reading that everyone else thought they were moist. I used unsweetened applesauce and they were plenty sweet. I cut the recipe in half and it made exactly 12 muffins. This recipe rates a place in my recipe box, absolute keeper. I like the idea of the streusel topping; will try that too."

Tinkermom_3 User ID: 4837221 254
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2011

"I reduced the applesauce to 1-3/4 cup and added 1/4 cup apple butter. Also added a chopped apple. Loved the more intense apple flavor!"

kyourous User ID: 4934277 403
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2011

"Delicious! Halved the recipe since it's just me and my husband and added 2/3 c of oats for some extra grains. Definite keeper!"

ajkoch User ID: 6001834 52
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

"Soooo yummy! My new favorite muffin! (I added raisins! Mmmm!)"

stephz User ID: 6105884 253
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2011

"This is a great muffin recipe. I made a mini version for my daughter's preschool. I substituted 2 c. wheat flour and, when I make them again, would reduce the sugar significantly (maybe to 1 c.). They were very sweet, even though I had used unsweetened applesauce. They are good enough that you could easily sneak some healthy ingredients in there - like ground flax, wheat germ, etc. I added a cinnamon streusel topping, per another reviewer. A cream cheese frosting would also be good and would offset the sweetness. Overall, very good and worth making again!"

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 86
Reviewed May. 29, 2011


Jessyy User ID: 5873281 196
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2011

"I made a double batch for my family of these muffins as well as a single batch of another kind. These dissapeared so much faster and were requested again instantly."

misscleocat User ID: 257578 108
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2011

"These muffins are moist and easy to make. The only change I made was that I used apple pie spice instead of the individual spices listed."

Eris Song User ID: 5443368 92
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2011

"This recipie is a huge hit in my house! It was super easy to make, and my kids have already devoured half the loot!

I ran out of cupcake papers for the second batch, so made it into a bread instead. I had to cook it for about 20 minutes longer, but it turned out just as yummy!"

SarahKate56 User ID: 3194986 201
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"Very moist and great flavor. I was worried that the batter was too dry, but they turned out great. I filled the muffin pan liners full and sprinkled the cinnamon sugar on top as soon as they were out of the oven--perfect!"

JLS08 User ID: 5282006 85
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2010

"I made these for our preschool snack and they were a hit. I left off the cinn/sugar dusting to avoid some of the mess. They were nice and moist and had a great flavor. Plus, very easy to make."

Katherine J User ID: 1389868 9
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2010

"Wonderful, moist, easy to make."

wmccallum User ID: 4850304 62
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"Muffins are moist and tasty with just enough spices to enhance the flavor. Served with Ham, Lentel, Barley soup - delish!"

hjberube User ID: 2027632 298
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2009

"I added a cinnamon streusel top for some crunch, since I could not use the walnuts (nut allergy in family) -- came out great. Very nice, moist recipe."

bertacarol User ID: 829290 176
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2009

"used craisins instead of walnuts"

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